The consent process and aDNA research: Contrasting approaches in North America

Dennis H. O'Rourke*, M. Geoffrey Hayes, Shawn W. Carlyle

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Ancient (a)DNA analyses present several novel ethical and legal problems and challenges that do not always obtain for genetic studies of contemporary populations, as well as a number that are the same irrespective of age of the samples (e.g., Goldstein & Kintigh, 1990; Thornton, 1998; Simms, 1993, Greely, 2001; Anderlik & Rothstein, 2001). Among the ethical, legal, and social issues routinely encountered in the course of aDNA research are: 1) Research access to samples; 2) The consent process undertaken to obtain such access; 3) A realistic assessment of what risks and/or benefits might obtain, and to whom, if molecular analyses are conducted on prehistoric materials; 4) Results assessment issues; and 5) Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiological Anthropology and Ethics
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Repatriation to Genetic Identity
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0791462951, 9780791462959
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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